San Quentin News is an inmate run newspaper. We print 30,000 newspapers each month and distribute them to all 35 prisons within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation.
Jesse Vasquez is a staff writer for the San Quentin News. He has big ideas about contributing to public safety, social justice, and personal growth projects. He is currently excited about higher education and the opportunities that San Quentin offers. He enjoys reading about the French Revolution and Greek Culture. He is serving multiple life terms for attempted murder.
Charles “David Henry
Born on Thanksgiving Day in Los Angeles. Joined the United States Air Force after high school. Three years, eleven months and thirteen days later, he’s honorably discharged.
He enrolled in junior college, graduated in two years with an Associated Arts degree, and received a scholarship and a English degree from California State University Los Angeles.
Received his law degree from La Salle University and a doctorate from Orion University.
He spent 17 years as a senior system analyst for several Fortune Five Hundred corporations including an assignment with H. Ross Perot’s Electronic Data Systems; spent two years in the House of Representatives as staff assistance for the late Congressman Augustus Hawkins.
Arrested in 2004 and sentenced 17-years to life. Arrived at San Quentin in 2012.
David B. Le
David B. Lê, Vietnamese, born in 1984, immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam and settled in Oakland, California in 1990. At age 21, David committed murder and was sentenced to 40 years to life. While incarcerated, David has earned an Associate’s Degree through Lassen Community College and is working toward a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. David manages the distribution and circulation for the San Quentin News. Aside from work, David volunteers as a tutor and teacher’s assistant in various voluntary education programs at San Quentin State Prison and enjoys writing and origami.
A fifth generation Californian and inmate serving 92 months for gross negligent vehicular manslaughter at San Quentin State Prison.
Richard “Bonaru” Richardson
Richard “Bonaru” Richardson was born February 7, 1973, in East Los Angeles California. He spent part of his childhood and adolescence living in Modesto California, where he spent his summers as a youth activity volunteer at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park.
He earned his vocation as a certified printer and began printing San Quentin News in 2008-2010. Bonaru is now the editor-in-chief and serves on San Quentin News editorial board.
Bonaru brags about his amazing children, beautiful grandchildren and wonderful wife La-Keesha Richardson.
My name is Juan Haines. In 2009, I began working for San Quentin News.
I got my feet wet, first by writing for the Journalism Guild. About a year later, I became a staff writer and quickly got promoted to Managing Editor. Today, I am the senior editor. My job consists of reviewing staff and Kid CAT articles for the newspaper’s community advisers. I also process the content for the San Quentin News quarterly magazine, Wall City. I am also tasked with producing video content for website and social media.
Kevin D. Sawyer
Kevin D. Sawyer is a native of San Francisco, California, born 1963. His writing has also appeared in The Oakland Post, San Francisco Chronicle, California Prison Focus, The Life of the Law, San Francisco Bay View, The Pioneer, Brothers in Pen anthologies, Iron City Magazine, 580 Split and the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons. He is a 2016 recipient of The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication from California State University Hayward.
Jonathan Chiu is 33 years old and was born in Hong Kong, China in 1982.
He immigrated to the United States in 1990 with his parents and older brother.
When he was 22 years old, he committed first degree murder and has been in prison for the last 12 years to serve a 50-years-to-life sentence.
He has been with the San Quentin News since December 2015 and works in the design layout department.
He is a 42 year old youth offender who grew into a journalist.
He cover the sporting events inside of San Quentin, capturing the competitive interactions between the inside and outside community.
He is also a Criminal and Gang Anonymous graduate under the ‘Renewal of the Natural Self’ class. He learned Restorative Justice and other forms of community healing from the self-help group Alliance for Change. His goal is to provide healing through words and art.
Rahsaan Thomas writes Sports and other stories for San Quentin News. He also co-founded Prison Renaissance, he’s a contributing writer for the Marshall Project and he believes in Restorative Justice. The Brooklyn, New York native has two sons, but no wife.
“On streets I sought power through things outside myself. In prison, through writing, I’ve found my power and purpose inside myself.” –Rahsaan Thomas
He was born in Van Nays California in August 1946.
After graduated High school in 1965, he enlisted with a friend in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam. He was later seriously wounded in action and spent the rest of his enlistment in and out of hospitals.
Married in 1967, he has a son, daughter, and two grandsons. His wife and he divorced in 1982 after 16 years of marriage.
He attended trade schools and college after his service. His main study was Engineering Design and later worked in multiple companies for their engineering departments, eventually becaming a Chief Engineer and later a Vice President.
In August of 1999 he was arrested as a first time offender and was sentenced to life. When he came to San Quentin in 2013 he became part of the Journalism Guild, eventually working his was to becoming an official Staff Writer.
Eddie Herena is currently the San Quentin news photographer.
He was born and raised in San Jose California and comes from a large family.
Since he has been at San Quentin he has had the opportunity to participate in various self-help groups and attends Patton University. He is currently 6 units shy of A.A. degree in humanities and plans on completing the program before the end of 2016.
Aside from the pleasure of learning, he’s found a new passion in photography and plans on sticking with the art beyond the walled city of San Quentin. He claims that there is something special about capturing a moment in time.
“Time runs and flows and only death can stop it. The photograph is a blade that captures one dazzling instant in eternity” (Henri Cartier-Bresson).
For many years Tamboura was the design editor and writer for the San Quentin News. He recently graduated from a one-year immersive technology training program where he learned web application development.
His skill level is entry level front-end developer specializing in user interactive web application engineering.
Tamboura has an interest is working in data visualization and web-based journalism leveraging D3.js, NVD3.js, and other data visualization libraries to transform raw data into interactive vibrant visualizations.
Tamboura’s prior experience includes twenty years working in the underground utility industry, including 12 years as the founder and CEO of a geotechnical company. He managed and completed large and complex underground utility analytics for government and private entities. Accordingly, he is able to manage, collaborate, stay on task, schedule and deliver quality products to customers.
When Tamboura is not programming, you can find him continuing to learn about modern solutions to producing web based applications. Currently, he expanding his knowledge of the programming language Python.
In his spare time, Tamboura is a scuba diver, spearfisherman with a passion for underwater photography and video.